Coyote Gulch April 19, 2023.

Coyote Gulch is written by John Orr. Thanks for coming by. Please feel free to post links and corrections in the comments.

Older Coyote Gulch posts — through February 12, 2009 — are at http://radio-weblogs.com/0101170/.

The header graphic of a stunning photo silhouette of a coyote howling at sunrise comes from Michael Francis Photography.

You can contact John directly at jworr [AT] fastmail [DOT] com.

Click here to view my archives up at Colorado Central Magazine. I will always be grateful to Ed Quillen for hiring me.

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  1. Hey! Just found your blog via examiner.com. I’m excited to find another blog on water issues, a pet interest of mine. The blog looks great! Thanks for your efforts. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.


  2. Another report with more depth. Please feel free to view our blog for other conservation updates for South Boulder Creek and other parts of the Boulder watershed. We will be posting soon announcements of new projects on South Boulder Creek totaling more than $400k in restoration funding.

  3. I’m just curious. Have you heard anything about spillway improvements for Beaver Park Dam in Rio Grande County, northeast of South Fork?

  4. Do you offer RSS feeds? I use Google Reader and would like to subscribe to Coyote Gulch there if possible (instead of visiting the site daily).

    Thanks, in advance,

  5. Just wanted to thank you for posting water news throughout the State. We are facing water issues in Northeastern Colorado and hope to find a solution soon. I check your site daily, thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

    1. Thomas,

      That would be good for the community. Have you contacted Silverthorne or Dillon or Summit County? They should be able to steer you in the right direction. I’d also try the local Trout Unlimited chapter:

      Gore Range Chapter

      President: Andy Gentry

      Meetings: Contact President

      Contact Info:

      Andy Gentry
      P.O. Box 513
      Frisco, CO 80443
      phone: (970) 262-7573
      e-mail: andygentry@earthlink.net

  6. Hello,

    I am on a committee in Coal Creek Canyon responding to the Environmental Impact Statement by the Army Corps of Engs. re Denver Water’s plan to expand Gross dam and reservoir, diverting even more water from the Western Slope – having failed to demonstrate need. “Build a bigger dam” is a destructive antiquated solution. Are you aware of any other groups on the east side of the divide doing the same? I understand that the deadline for response was just changed to March 17.

    Many thanks.


    1. Judy,

      There are several groups working on the responses to the project. You could try Colorado Trout Unlimited in Boulder or maybe look through the comments on the Corps of Engineers website. Also try the Colorado Environmental Coalition and Western Resource Advocates. A compromise seems to be coming down around guaranteed streamflows in dry times.

      Good luck.

      John Orr

  7. Appreciate your postings of water reports, is it possible to find water flow records on the Conejos River prior to 1948 ?

  8. I am a new Wildlife Biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Durango. If you are not familiar with the NRCS here is a link to our Colorado homepage http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/ .

    We are a Federal organization that aims to assist (via technical assistance and financial cost share) voluntary landowners with conservation through management and technology improvements. Our office is staffed with agronomists, soil scientists, engineers, and me, a wildlife biologist.

    While much of our (NRCS) history has focused on traditional agriculture production, I am here promoting more wildlife species and habitat conservation (especially riparian habitats) and there are a number of Programs available to assist landowners with implementing projects (e.g., Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/whip.htm ).

    I am new to my position and to Durango (just 5 months). I am actively seeking folks interested in wildlife and habitat conservation, along with promoting the NRCS, feel free to send this along to anyone you might think is interested.

    Thanks for your time and good luck with your endeavors.


    Martin Moses – Private Lands Wildlife Biologist
    NRCS Durango Field Office
    31 Suttle Street
    Durango, CO 81301

    Office: (970) 259-3289 x 113
    Email: martin.moses@co.usda.gov

    A joint program of the NRCS, CDOW, & RMBO

  9. Hi John, I am researching any further developement of the proposed Flaming Gorge Pipeline, have you any recent news if the water has been appropriated from the oxbow on the Green? Is there anyone I can contact for more information?
    Thanks for your time, Kelly

  10. Do you have any additional information regarding the Penley reservoir – such as where the water is coming from and where is it going to. There has been no information about a pipeline.
    Thanks, Maureen

  11. Will they continue to raise the flow coming out of Dillon over the next couple of weeks?


    1. Dave,

      I think they visit that decision each day but they might if this warm weather kicks up streamflows. They have to look at the potential for flooding during the runoff so they need enough room to store water. They want to fill during the runoff as well so they don’t want to draw it down too far. It can be a balancing act.

      John Orr

  12. denver water agreement.

    the document is a draft, does not contain all final verbiage, and is missing the exhibits.

    when will we see the whole complete stipulation?

  13. You are invited to attend the CWC POND (Professional, Outreach, Networking and Development) Committee’s Inaugural Networking Event:

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
    Hyatt Regency – Denver Tech Center
    Room: Grand Mesa F

    The POND networking event will be a structured happy hour with “table topic” discussions in small groups. The topics will provide an opportunity for new comers and veterans in the water community to share their experiences.

    Please see the CWC website (www.cowatercongress.org) for more information. Thanks for your interest!

  14. Hi all.

    I am a environmental engineering graduate student at the School of Mines currently working on a project regarding the role of the hyporheic zone in the treatment of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent discharged into urban streams.

    I figured since you all are tuned into water issues in Colorado this would be a good place to start my research.

    What I’m looking for are examples of urban streams which at some point during the year have a substantial percent of their flow derived from WWTP effluent.

    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.


    David Silverman

    1. David,

      Clear Creek downstream of Golden/Coors, Ralston Creek downstream of Arvada’s plant, the South Platte River downstream of the Bi-cities plant and Metro’s Bob Hite Treatment Plant, Boulder Creek downstream of the Boulder Plant, Cherry Creek downstream of Parker.

      That ought to keep you busy.

      I work for the City of Thornton and may be able to get you an interview with our lab folks. Let me know if that’s something you might be interested in.

      Also, get in touch with the Barr-Milton Watershed group, they deal with this problem all the time. At one point in history Barr Lake was sort of a sewage lagoon for the City of Denver by virtue of the location of the Burlington Canal headgate and Denver’s Northside Treatment Plant (now out of service).

      John Orr

  15. What is the status of Chambers Reservoir, and have they figured out where to get the water?

  16. Do you recommend any sites for a water engineering graduate to follow for possible employment in Colorado? My younger brother recently graduated from Florida State University and is having trouble finding work. Thanks!

  17. I’m writing because I want to share with you a project that I am currently working on to raise awareness of the water crisis facing the Western United States…something that I’m sure you are all too familiar with. I aim to give voice to the mountains and protect their watersheds from abuse and overuse. It’s a lofty goal I know, but without water, we have nothing.

    I currently have an Indiegogo campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/walking-for-water-on-the-great-western-loop/x/3622006

    If you could take a moment, check it out, and perhaps even help me spread the word, I would be so truly appreciative. Thank you!

    -Corey J. Melker

  18. Hi! My name is Lauren Rains. Myself and two others are producing a live Virtual Reality Art Show on February 2nd in Denver Colorado, and the theme our artists will be painting about is Water in the 21st Century. This is the first event of its kind in VR, and we want to get it right. We are expecting 250 people from tech, art, and environmental protection communities.

    Our mission is to demonstrate how a new technology like VR, when put into the hands of artists and then displayed to the public provides a powerful tool to make an impact, tell a story, and create conversation.

    There are two reasons I’m reaching out to you:

    1.) To Ask Your Support Of This Initiative

    I’d love to know if can help us create press and awareness around this initiative. We’re looking to have interviews, blog posts, and editorials done on the topic of using Tech and Art to talk about and inspire activism and awareness. Would you like to support this initiative through a.) sharing it in a blog post b.) sharing it on social media, or c.) referring us to people in your network you believe would be interested in it?

    23.) In Support Of Your Initiatives
    I am doing what I can to make a positive dent in the universe. Please keep me in mind whenever you need to get the word out about an initiative you are working on. I am here to share it and support it. Thank you for creating such compelling, informative, and thought-provoking work. It has inspired me, and that is priceless.

    I look forward to hearing from you. And please let me know if you have additional questions. You can reach me by email or ring me at 973 713 3484.

    Lauren Rains

    Visit Our Website http://www.wildworldcreative.com/denvr

  19. Hi there,

    My name is Jessica and I write for Scaffold Store. They are a company that sells scaffolding and scaffolding safety equipment to both private consumers and businesses.

    We would love to write an article to be featured on your site: (https://coyotegulch.blog/) I’m open to discussing topics, but I do have some ideas that I think would be a good fit for you:

    – 5 Tips For Staying Safe on Scaffolding

    – 5 Home Renovation Projects You Didn’t Know You Could Do Yourself

    – What Is Lean Construction & Why You Should Care

    If you like any of these or want to discuss any other ideas, please let me know and I can get started!

    Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!

    Jessica Kane
    Scaffold Store
    11827 Eastex Freeway
    Houston, TX 77039

  20. Hi.

    I am a freelance copywriter for several different companies and was wondering if you would be interested

    in a guest post on your website (https://coyotegulch.blog/).

    My clients pay me to write blog articles on reputable websites for their SEO and link building initiatives.

    I’m open to writing on any health, travel, real estate, or end of life care topics you’d like.

    There is no fee for this service.

    Please let me know if you’d like me to write several articles for your blog.

    Jessica Kane

    Freelance Copywriter and SEO Specialist


  21. I am a Colorado resident very much on the outside of conversations about water resources in the state who has read the qualitative assessments of water availability. In the last year I have been following your blog on water issues. In addition, I’ve read the Colorado Water Plan.

    What, in your opinion, is the best quantitative analysis of Colorado’s current water supply verses demand?

    Any links on this topic that you would recommend would be greatly appreciated.


    Reston Witten

  22. Hello John Orr,

    My name is Saphyre. I am currently a senior Human Dimensions of Natural Resource major at Colorado State University. A colleague and I are working on a podcast assignment for one of our courses about the Gross Reservoir Dam Expansion. We were wondering if you would be willing to answer some questions and share your thoughts/opinions about the topic. Please feel free to contact me at the email provided later in the form.


  23. What a great “one-stop-shop” for climate and water information! It takes a lot of time to link so many topics together in a meaningful way. I look forward to checking back and reading your blogs. Thanks for your all your efforts!! ~Alexandra

  24. Hi Coyote Gulch

    I am Diane and I am an Outreach Specialist at Engwe! And I am writing today to see if you are open to collaboration with us.

    Your writing style and your posts are a great indication of a possible awesome work together. Do you think that it would be possible for us to contribute a guest post to your site? We’d love to create a relevant and high-quality for you – no charge! 

    Please let me know if we can work something out! We’d be thrilled to whip an article or something for your site.

    Awaiting your response! 


    Diane L.
    Outreach Specialist

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